While rarely seen, transient deficiencies can occur during wet seasons or in sandy or peaty soils of a high pH. Manganese is not very mobile in the plant and deficiencies are best prevented by using foliar sprays. Temporary Mn deficiency is known as ‘growth mottle’ and is seen during flushes of rapid plant growth. Manganese toxicity can occur in tomato crops grown on low pH soils or where excessive applications of acidifying fertilizers are applied. The stems and petioles, especially in the nodal areas, may show necrotic lesions.
|Manganese at tomato growth stages|
|Establishment||Ensures good shoot growth|
Ensures growth is not limiting